HALIFAX, Sept. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, today announced an investment of $9,875 for the 2014 Halifax Celtic Festival, which celebrates Celtic heritage in Nova Scotia.
The annual festival, put on by the Celtic Cultural Society of Nova Scotia, serves to promote Nova Scotia Celtic heritage, including Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Brittany, Isle of Man and Cornwall. The event is a celebration of culture and heritage through music, artistic displays, food, athletics, handicrafts, language and demonstrations of Celtic and other dance. The festival takes place from September 12–14, 2014, at the Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre and is expected to attract thousands of visitors.
The funding comes from Inter-Action, Canada's Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program. Inter-Action invests in events that:
- support an integrated, socially cohesive society by building bridges to promote intercultural understanding; or that
- foster citizenship, civic memory, civic pride, and respect for core democratic values grounded in our history.
- Inter-Action assists in the socio-economic integration of individuals and communities, supporting their contributions to building an integrated and socially cohesive society.
- Approximately 5,000 visitors are expected at the second annual Halifax Celtic Festival.
- The Festival is organized by the Celtic Cultural Society of Nova Scotia, a non-profit society formed to promote the cultural, linguistic, literary, athletic and artistic heritage and traditions of Nova Scotia's Celtic Community.
"Our government is proud to invest in programs that help showcase the diversity and rich culture that exists in Canada. By providing support to the second annual Halifax Celtic Festival, we are ensuring thousands of visitors explore and understand Nova Scotia's roots, heritage and local culture."
Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander
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SOURCE: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
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